Play for the Kay staging Saturday

‘Celebrity’ waitstaff on hand for dinner theatre, dramatic end to 6th Tejas Fest
Reporter Editor

The sixth annual Tejas Fest, which unreels this weekend in Rockdale, is expected to be the largest yet and it will certainly have the most dramatic finale.

An evening of drama, titled “Black and White and Read All Over,” will be presented in a dinner theatre setting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Rockdale Intermediate School.

While not technically part of Tejas Fest, the evening of theatre was timed to coincide with the annual spring book and art festival. Proceeds go toward restoring the Kay Theatre as a cultural-civic venue.

Headliners Fernando Dovalina, awardwinning Houston playwright, and Dolly Fischer, a popular actress from that city, return to Rockdale after appearing at Tejas Fest in 2011.

Dovalina and Fischer will read from Dovalina’s play “Photographs of a Cheating Husband.”

Also on the program will be readings from Dovalina’s comedy “Comfort Zone,” which was a second-place award winner in a national play-writing contest.

Fernando Dovalina and Dolly Fischer, who appeared at Tejas Fest 2011, wlll return to Rockdale Saturday to headline an evening of theatre. Fernando Dovalina and Dolly Fischer, who appeared at Tejas Fest 2011, wlll return to Rockdale Saturday to headline an evening of theatre. Local and area guest actors Donnie Rinn, Becky Booker Marek and Kathy Cooke Martin will also participate, playing teenaged boys.

Their mothers and grandmothers will be played by Matt Lehmkuhl, Richard Stone and Dovalina. Mona Butala will also be a guest reader.

CELEBRITIES—Vying to see who can collect the greatest number of tips at the preceding dinner will be a number of celebrity waiters:

Thomas Harris, police chief; Dave Barkemeyer, county judge; Melody Dawson and Toby Johnson, cit y council members; Bob Wilson, banker; Ward Roddam, Veolia employee and volunteer firefighter; Dr. Howell Wright, Rockdale ISD superintendent; Jackie Thornton, retired elementary principal; Barkley Alford, Planning & Zoning Board member.

McCartney McCartney Waiter with the most tips will earn a special award. Tips also go to the Kay Theatre restoration.

TICK ETS—Tickets for the event, priced at $35 each, are available from any Kay Theatre board member, at Elements at Main, 219 North Main, or online at (Under “upcoming events, click on Fernando Dovalina.)

Saturday’s event is the second in a series of five this spring to raise money for the Kay Theatre project.

Dovalina will also be guest speaker on Friday for a group of select students at Rockdale.

TEJAS—Details and schedule for Tejas Fest are in a special section, included in this week’s Reporter and on page 1B.

Here a re few la st- m i nute updates:

Wilson Wilson Sherr y McCartney, publisher of the quarterly magazine “Flair,” will return to Tejas Fest this weekend, speaking to high school students Friday morning and present at the city library on Saturday.

Previous issues of “Flair” have featured the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail, artist Kennedy Cooke- Garza, the Rockdale Fair, the Dyess log cabin and Apache Pass.

The Spring, 2012, “Flair” features the El Camino Real Master Naturalist event to be held at Fair Park April 14.

Sharla Wilson, a Rockdale resident, will have her custom jewelry on display in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church.

A native of Long Island, she studied fine arts and fashion design at C. W. Post College and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

She owns Sharlakay Designs and for the past 13 Februaries has travelled to the worldrenowned Tucson, Arizona, gem shows to select and purchase gemstones and materials for use in her designs.

She works in many mediums of art and has recently returned to crochet.

Jamie Larson, craftsman of Four Oaks Woodworking, halfway between Gause and Milano, creates pens, and will also have his work on display in the church fellowship hall.

His ball point, roller ball and fountain pens are created out of Texas woods and wood from around the world.

Larson has also incorporated deer antler and acrylic materials.

James Haney, a retired Salado minister whose hobby is collecting radios and memorabilia associated with them, will be signing his book “My Mother, Radio and Me” in the library Saturday.

He has also written The Angel is Near, a book he says was inspired by the death of his mother and focuses on issues surrounding death.

Garlyn Wilburn, of Brenham, author of “The Donkey Boy and Désirée’s Quest for Freedom” historical novels for young readers will be at the library Saturday.

“The Donkey Boy” is set in the Texas Revolution of 1836 and follows a young boy who sets out to join the Texas Army. Ultimately the donkey saves his master at the Battle of San Jacinto.

“Désirée’s Quest for Freedom”, involves a young mulatto slavegirl who finds herself deserted in the hostile wilderness in the Mexican province of Texas.

L ester Mor r is of Austin wrote The Violets Are Mine: Tales of an Unwanted Orphan.” It tells of his journey through the social system as an orphan in World War II and post-war England.

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